As a Dutch post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh influenced the 20th century art with his landscape paintings where he used vivid colors that made an emotional impact. The early works of Van Gogh were painted with a palette of somber earth tones and no signs of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later works. When he moved to Paris in 1886, he was inspired by the French Impressionists and was fascinated by the strong sunlight on the south of France. Since then, he used brighter colors in his paintings that helped him develop a unique style of his own which became known considerably in the later years of his life while staying in Arles in 1888. Van Gogh’s incredible Sunflowers series of still life paintings were loved by him and he felt that there could not be anything better to convey a sense of welcome, belongingness and happiness.
On 8 May 1889, accompanied by his carer, van Gogh committed himself to the hospital at Saint Rémy.
During his stay in Saint-Rémy, Van Gogh produced 150 paintings after he converted an adjacent cell into a studio. While he was confined to the direct asylum grounds, he painted the world he could see from his room, and ignored the bars that obscured his view. His paintings in the garden of the asylum included irises, lilacs, and ivy-covered trees. His paintings further ventured into the fields, of which he painted the wheatfields, olive groves, and cypress trees from the surrounding countryside view. This imposed regimen of his asylum life gave him contentment and helped him to think positively about his life and future.
This is my favorite painting ever. I’d spend hours just looking at it, imagining what it’d be like to sit at one of those tables. The colors are so warm. If I ever came across it in a gallery, I’d spend even more time, outlining each stroke with my eyes. I’ve tried to replicate it on my own wall, though it’s a lot bigger than one on my screen it still isn’t the same. I want to be there.
My complete set of Sherlock portraits! Prints are available at my Society6 (which incidentally has free international shipping until July 29th!) I’ll also be doing a Limited Edition fine art print set of the entire series in my personal shop - contact me if you’d like to pre-order it.
So I decided to clean up and edit the photos that were taken of the new concept art at SDCC the other week because 1. I am in love with all of the art regarding this show and 2. I AM DAMN EXCITED FOR BOOK TWO. Click for larger versions